I have looked for pictures of this bridge for years. I remember being a three-year-old riding with my mom to Little Rock from Dardanelle. Crossing this bridge brought fear to me because the bridge was so narrow. I was terrified of it. Now I can see the beauty in it. Thank you for posting this picture.
They are in the final stages of completion of a new bridge being built on the south side of the existing bridge. It has been elevated and a new road is built to it, eliminating the hill downward to it. It looks safer - due to numerous wrecks that have occurred there in the past several years with gas industry trucks.
I don't know what they are planning with the old bridge.
Enjoyed this gem today! What an awesome old bridge
Is there still river traffic through bridge; I have 50' boat, wish to navigate black river to black rock????
Excellent news article about an award for this project. http://thecabin.net/local/news/2017-11-05/bridge-project-rec...
Took a walk out there this afternoon. My (amateur) opinion is that this bridge was built for this site, but was raised about two feet in 1928. The cut stone footing at the south end has a poured concrete filler on top of it, supporting the through girder span. Fresh heavy limestone riprap is evidence of a long-fought battle with flood waters at this site. In the surrounding woods there are piles of flood debris all the way to track level. Thanks to Gene and all the others here. I've ridden through this bridge several times, but never noticed what an interesting site it is.
Might this be part of the old Bankhead Highway?
They dedicated this bridge today. Words can not express .... always grateful to Bach gang and our clients were outstanding. Made a lot of friends. Congratulations to All of them. Hayden took this photo.
This bridge is still drivable, but the road is in rough shape.
Me, mom and family were some of the first to walk across the Helena bridge on opening day in July 1961. I was 12 years old, great memories! Couldn't believe we didn't have to take the ferry boat anymore to visit relatives in Mississippi.
Loosely translated to WOW Just wow!
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Conway, Arkansas - Holt, Michigan
Springfield Bridge, a rare King Iron Bridge Co, bowstring through truss was restored for pedestrian use at Lake Beaverfork in Conway, Arkansas by Workin' Bridges, a non profit dedicated to historic bridge preservation and Bach Structural and Oranmental Steel (BACH Steel) of Holt, Michigan. Six years after the completion of a study by Nels Raynor of BACH Steel and Julie Bowers for Workin' Bridges, the historic bridge restoration project was successfully completed. The success was due to a rare collaboration between the City of Conway, Faulkner County, and Dr. Ken Barnes of the Faulkner County Historical Society who was essential in the writing and successful grant application and petitioning the City of Conway to find a place to move the bridge. Permission to move was granted by the National Park Service for this structure that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A dedication to the restoration and future of this iron bowstring will be held Saturday, September 23rd at 10:00 am at Beaverfork Lake Park in Conway, Arkansas.
The iron truss was fabricated in 1871 and erected in 1874 over E Cadron Creek between Faulkner and Conway Counties as the first and oldest highway bridge built for farm to market requirements by the Arkansas Department of Transportation. The bridge restoration was funded by City of Conway tourism dollars used for parks, Faulkner County equipment, expertise and funds for the extra crane, with the help of Metroplan which allowed the restructuring of grant funding to allow preservation to move forward.
The bridge was removed from the Cadron in November of 2016. The BACH Steel Rivet Gang went to work with the disassembly and marking the members for transportation to a paint removal company in Little Rock, managed by Snyder Environmental. Workin' Bridges was then given the job of designing the new substructure at Lake Beaverfork, engineered by James Schiffer of Schiffer Engineering Group of Traverse City, Michigan.
Once the caissons were designed, drilled, formed and poured, and covered with riveted columns repairs to the bridge trusses began. Nels Raynor of BACH Steel is the premier bridge restoration craftsman throughout the United States that specializes in restoring bridges the old fashioned way. "In Kind" restoration means that parts are replaced with similar parts, rivets replaced with rivets and if new parts are required they are fashioned with care. When asked Raynor stated: "This one stands out as one of the most beautiful. I wish there were more people like those of Conway and Faulkner County. Those who wish to protect and save their hesitate. It's part of my life's work to preserve those structures. My company has been bless with finding those with the same passion inmy partners Derek and Lee Pung, Andy Hufnagel and Brock. Behind the scenes we have my daughter Heather Raynor, Nathan Holth and Jim Schiffer. We want to thank everyone for giving us the creative freedom to make this one of the most memorable and beautiful bridges we have ever been involved with."
Jack Bell, Chief of Staff for the City of Conway, Mark Ledbetter, Director of Roads for Faulkner County, Steve Ibbotson, Director of Parks for the City of Conway and Judge Baker were the team that provided the collaborative efforts to make this a successful project. They teamed up for all of the site requirements, from building a road and crane pad to the old location on Cadron Creek, to building the roads and crane pad for the reset at Lake Beaverfork. They utilized reclaimed stone from the original abutments to sculpt the new location with retaining walls and provide a bench for viewing. Bell said, “The partnership between Workin’ Bridges, BACH Steel, Faulkner and the City of Conway was essential to bring this project to fruition. A significant piece of Faulkner County history has been saved and an iconic amenity has been added to our Parks system."
New railing required by law was designed by Raynor and Gang who were able to provide historically accurate laced and riveted railing, using requirements for today's pedestrians. The rail was then sent to Conway, where the local historical society teamed up with Workin' Bridges to promote the "Paint the Rail" campaign. The campaign successfully contributed the funds needed to coat the rail, using a PPG product delivered by Furgerson Brothers Painting.
The restoration will be featured in a documentary filmed by Terry Struass of Ultimate Restorations and should be available for viewing on PBS and through Amazon Prime in the fall of 2017. The project was also documented by Workin' Bridges with the aid of Nathan Holth of HistoricBridges.org. The bridge was built by craftsmen and the record of their work, the "craftsman's record" was evident in each cast and riveted piece in the bridge said Raynor. "To think that this all started six years ago with a site visit to Arkansas with my son Brock and Bowers with Workin' Bridges. What this bridge has become today is just amazing to me and I have been involved with many bridge projects".
It is a testament to the fact that we work better together, always have. The collaboration made a very big bridge project manageable, and used resources in a way that reduced time and material cost", stated Bowers from her office in Holt, Michigan. "One never knows if a site visit that renders real numbers for project evaluation will become a job. These bridges take a lot of time, craftsmanship and money, but in the end it is all about making memories. The collaboration worked well and rendered a project that could have cost far more into an affordable package for the parks system."
More information about the bridge, pictures from the process can be found at Springfield Bridge on Facebook. Questions may be directed to Julie Bowers at email@example.com.
The bridge was completed in the summer of 1929 to make a passage way between the town of Garfield and Eureka Springs. The "Great Depression" came that winter, and there was no money to complete the connecting road to the new bridge. For five years a fine concrete bridge spanned the river, but there were no approaches to it, and there was no road to get to it. Consequently, it became known as the "Lost Bridge." The bridge stood isolated until 1934, when the approaches were built and the road was completed. On 7 May, 1943 a flood destroyed the bridge and later a concrete low-water crossing was built near the wrecked bridge. In March 1964, as Beaver Dam was completed and the lake filled, the low-water crossing and the remains of the Lost Bridge were flooded, never again to be used. Today they are under approximately 190 feet of water.
This bridge was just reopened http://www.nwahomepage.com/news/washco-bridge-reopened-after...
Nicely done. Congratulations to involved!
Othmar H. Ommann winner for SURE!
Looking great! When your bridge is on the verge of collapse, just call Julie, Nels, Rivet and the Gang!
It's been finished. Awesome work by Bach....
Finished it up . It looks lovely.
This bridge is being replaced but is still open to traffic. Sorry but I don't have a photo.
Nearing completion....weather delays.
Here is my thinking....Picture 3 is dated 7/6/19 Roughly when the Index (Highway) bridge opened. It is looking from south to north. Index Bridge is on the right and the 1900 Railroad bridge is on the left.
The railroad bridge is lower. The bridge on the left (and lower) is a Parker Through Truss (Rounded top...Camelback).
This bridge had a flat top (Pratt.)
Right crossing wrong place on the timeline?
The number COULD be a photo#, but from looking at the lay of the land today, low bank on the south and the high bank on the north, this almost has to be the south bank.
This bridge was obviously once located on a public road and relocated here at some point. The question is what road and what stream did it cross? We will probably never know.
Yeah whatever, save it til December!
..............Othmar H Ammann awards photograph of the year..............Just Saying
First dawn over the inlet at Beaverfork Lake.
It would get my vote. Julie, Nels, and the gang have done a smashing job with this beauty.
I was happy to see a certain Whipple from my old stomping grounds win last year, but even back then I figured that this Bowstring would be in the running. This year, it is #1 in my book so far.
Seems like this may qualify for Bridge of the year Othmar Awards. What are views of the titans?
This is the old bridge on Blacksferry Road, I grew up right down the road from it where the road splits into Water Valley & Blacksferry Roads. There is a bridge in Dalton, where I now live 5 miles from and a bridge on highway 90, as well as a bridge on hwy 62, which all cross the Eleven Point River. Kilo Vista is actually a member camp site where you can see where the old bridge once was. You can also see where the old bridge was at Dalton. The old bridge on Blacksferry Road had a date stamp, I guess you could call it, on the top part of the bridge overhead. It had the date, with names of the people who built or probably funded the bridge, with Canton, Ohio on the bottom of the license plate like trademark.
Bridgehunter went through some growing pains several years ago. Hopefully those days are behind us and we can all let bygones be bygones. This site has been much more peaceful lately.
Randall Houp & anyone who reads this page i owe you all an apology. I am sincerely sorry for being so argumentative with Randall Houp and anyone else on this site and i am embarrassed i said these things here for all to see. For what its worth i am on a medicine now :) which makes for a kinder-gentler Charlie but am not very active in bridge stuff anymore. Best Wishes to all and happy bridge hunting.
My family camped there Memorial Day weekend and the bridge is fully functional. We had some flood waters that left the creek high enough for daring folks to jump off the bridge into the creek! In 2016 I actually pulled my fifth wheel across it in the middle of the night, unaware of the highway entrance to the Anglers Resort, which rents cabins and numerous camp sites. Needless to say I was reluctant to pull the rig over the bridge but backing up my rig in the wee hours of the morning seemed worse. If your a bridge enthusiast, this is worth seeing.
This photo by Jerry Boyer. I didn't get to be there for the lateral connecting. Bummer for me.
Documentary continued with restoration of 2nd truss.
This is clearly not a Bailey truss. It looks like it is the same as the others is Logan county.
I'm pretty sure these are treadway M2 bridges. When the US Army would deploy them (WW II era) the space between the treads would be decked with 4 inches of plywood. The heavy traffic would stay on the treads. The lighter traffic that didn't have a wide enough track would put one wheel on the tread an another on the center decking.
Notice that in the deck photo there is open steel grate where the treadways are - and maybe concrete for the center deck?
These are a simple stringer design. So I'm changing the design details of the Logan county bridges.
Posted a photo i happened upon that shows a small bit of the rehabilitation construction on this bridge in '68-'70.
Suspension bridge by town of Oark down in last flood.
Suspension bridge by town of Oak down in last flood.
Available for reuse
This and the related bridge are the only two in the area actually marked as bridges on the 1891 Batesville topo.
This rock bridge over Salado Creek at Huff was built in 1870 and collapsed during a flood in 1928; a similar bridge was built downstream in 1870 and collapsed in 1958. The one that fell in 1928 was replaced by a new bridge which was replaced by the present bridge when Highway 167 South was widened in the early 2000's. The bridge that fell in 1958 was not replaced and is on private property. It is closed to the public. Col. John Adams Schnable, a German immigrant who lived at Jacksonport, architect and engineer,constructed both rock bridges.
Incredible floodwaters around this bridge as shown in that article! Looks like the historic mill may have severe water damage.
This bridge project was bid twice. First time they rejected the bids because they felt the contractors who bid lacked experience restoring historic bridges. So they put it to bid a second time. They then awarded the contract to a contractor who specializes in commercial buildings with a focus on sewage treatment plants. So I am not real sure what the point of the second bid was, nor why the county suddenly decided to let this company expand their portfolio to include their (first?) historic bridge project? http://www.crossland.com/projects
Bridge is closing for repairs May 8
Shoes and the beginning of the lower chord bars yesterday, posts and castings today.
Bridge is currently under water again. Lots of flooding in the region
Lee saw the water moccasin yesterday on the crane pad. I am glad I did not. Rising water has displaced a lot of wildlife but still. When I heard they come to investigate the generator vibrations...oh dear.
The caissons look good, repairs to top chord breaks nearly done and are nearly invisible, yet stronger than ever.
Yes, that document is great. I have made a couple rambling comments in the forum about the evolution of King Bowstrings, (with a Whipple thrown in) but it is nice to see it presented so clearly with photographs. This document really explains it very clearly to those who don't spend as much time looking at bridge components as we do.
Awesome stuff! Liked the page and the history document is... As my 18 year old daughter would put it "Dope!".
Nels and the gang got it going on... And yes Juls, keep doin' your Thang!
Seriously, folks if you have not liked that page, you need to do so. It has been great to follow the progress on this awesome Bowstring. I wish I could be there in person, but the status updates are the next best thing.
and a nice picture of the beginning -
A new Facebook page for photos of the reassembly at Springfield Bridge. Check it out. or more pictures at Bach Steel or Workin' Bridges and anywhere else we can think of.
Fundraiser in place to "Paint the Rail" - looking for naming rights to 8' sections of riveted and laced railing or the riveted vertical posts between - $450 / $50.
Pledges Only Now to see if the goal of $15,000 can be met. The rail arrives tomorrow.
We know (and you all know) that the magic begins with the reassembly, but the hard work that it took from all involved, city, county, state, fed was substantial. (I guess that is my thang Tony).
But, what was started is now on it's way to completion. Here's a glimpse of the history that we compiled and Nathan produced.
Great to see this one coming together after all the delays!
Nels and his gang are top notch, and Juls just keeps doin' her thing! ;-)
And Robert we have such a great collaboration of souls here on BH, I like to think it helps bring some of these projects to fruition!
Thanks for the feedback. I am always glad to share my observations. Nathan, Tony, and others have given me a lot of good insight as to what to look for.
It is great to have new folks joining this website. We need more folks to see the value in preserving historic bridges of all types. This Bowstring is a great example.
Julie, Nels, and the gang have done so much for us Bridgehunters. Hopefully there will be many more success stories such as this one.
Robert thank you, you have no idea how much some of us learn when you get on a roll! It is much appreciated.
Awesome news! I can't wait to see this one in place! Even if I cannot make the dedication, hopefully, I can see the finished product someday. Thanks to Workin' Bridges, some of these great structures have a bright future.
The stage is set. Thank you Faulkner County roaks department. What a crew! We are fortunate.
Springfield and Clark's Creek represent a Tale of Two Kings. They both work together to interpret the evolution of King Iron Bridge Co. engineering.
The Springfield Bridge is a great example of an early King Bowstring Bridge. The outriggers are cruciform (star iron), but they contain no lacing. If you look at some of King's later Bowstrings, you will notice that the outriggers feature lacing on the verticals. In addition, many King Bowstring through spans feature unique wrought iron tubes for the sway bracing. You can see these tubes along with the latticed outriggers on the 1878 Old Military Bridge in Bourbon County, Kansas
Now, knowing this, we can begin to appreciate the true significance of the 1878 Clarks Creek Whipple Truss in Geary County, Kansas.
The Clarks Creek Bridge also features those wrought iron tubes, which are again used for sway bracing. It appears that King simply took this Bowstring feature and incorporated it into their early Whipple truss design. These tubes are not found on any other remaining King Whipple trusses, all of which are newer than the Clarks Creek Bridge.
The Clarks Creek Bridge features latticed vertical members which became a standardized feature on truss bridges of all types in the 1870s and 1880s. The vertical members on the Clarks Creek Bridge are exceptionally lightweight. In addition, the Clarks Creek Bridge has other features that are commonly found on very old trusses. These include fishbelly floor beams and somewhat non-standardized connections. While there are other King Whipple trusses still extant, the Clarks Creek Bridge is the oldest of them all. No other King Whipple trusses have even remotely the same appearance.
To summarize, the Springfield Bridge is an example of a very early King Bowstring and the Clarks Creek Bridge is a very early example of a King Whipple. In fact, it is the oldest known non-Bowstring King bridge in existence. The Old Military Bridge helps us to see the continuum of engineering between the two of them. All three of these bridges are of extremely high national significance. One of the three is being restored by Workin' Bridges. Hopefully the other two can be saved as well.
Hard to decide Clarks Creek VS Springfield..... guess the Othmar H Ammann crew already did. Seems like this bridge, and crew should be nominated for best restored when its done. Jason know they aren't open but this is VERY significant bridge, being saved by THE team. What category would you suggest?
Yes, definitely. I think that it was a nominee.
HMMM another bridge of the year possibility!
Bridge has been replaced for a couple years now.
I wish I was in the area, because I would definitely drop by. This is a great development. I hope to see it someday.
a Meet n Greet will be held Saturday to go over the craftsman's record on this bridge in conjunction with the Faulkner County Historical Society. If you are in the area, we would love to see you stop by. James Baughn you are not that far away!.
The gangs all here (soon) and the reassembly and reset begins for the final push.
You can order a t-shirt.
Examples of the craftsmans work, we've seen master and apprentice work, pick marks on the side of cruciform, numbers on the trusses. now that w
It is blasted it is easy to see forge c welds too. .... not painting this one.
I have seen these types of floorbeams on a very small number of very old truss bridges. I believe that Columbia Bridge Works experimented with them. I can't think of any other Kings off the top of my head that used them. They seem to be an extremely rare find in general.
Agree with tinkering designs. Certainly easier to fabricate angle over extruded star. Worked the same. But what are these floorbeams?
Tony' answer certainly seems logical. King had also used simple round stock, ie poles for outriggers as well. The outriggers do not seem to have been quite as standardized as one might expect.
I have seen both cruciform and angle used on outriggers on several pony trusses, so perhaps this experimentation was not limited to King.
I have found that many of these firms always seemed to be tinkering with their designs, and this could possibly be an explanation here Julie. To me it would appear that these would be easier to produce than cruciform bars.
Interesting...let me think about this...these mysteries are one of my favorite aspects of bridges...
If McIntyre was cruciform in 1883 why would this one be so different?
This may or may not be the right answer...
But I have found that before 1875, King used cruciform iron on just about all verticals and outriggers. It seems to me that they added more lacing later. But, that is purely based on a few that I have looked at.
Was the angle iron a modification? If it was original, perhaps King used it on their later bowstrings. I think that WIBC had similar members, if I recall based on my memories of the Independence Bowstring in Kansas.
This bridge confounds me. The verticle posts are angle, not cruciform. The floor beams are very different, looking towards fishbellies. 1880 vs 1883 McIntyre, just is wierd. Castings are right, trusses and shoes, bottom chord are also right. The sway bracing also is cool yet odd.
In 2017 You still come off the bridge eastbound and have to make a curve that is generously allotted 35 MPH back into the old road. The straight direction would go to a Greenville freeway bypass that has some dirt work done and little more.
This picture is of the Southern Pillar (on the right hand side of the picture showing them both.)
Picture of the west portal as it exists today
Does anyone know the engineer who built Orr Bridge? My husband thinks it might have been his great grandfather.
New bridge opened March 1.
Train tracks are gone now. Someone has bought up Grayson and have ruined what is left of the town.
Train tracks are gone now. Someone has bought up Grayson and have ruined what is left of the town.
Bridge has been fully removed. Replacement bridge under construction
Ok, thanks. Is it pretty much right off the main road?
My best guess is Oark, Arkansas (Hwy 215 or 103). Once you go past the country store it becomes county maintained CR 5440. Looks like 2 1/2 miles
What are the directions to the bridge?
Sounds like a Win-win situation... I just hope it's done right!
NRHP approved move to the city park in West Fork on June 6, 2016, so it will remain on the NRHP after the move is completed.
Wrong one im sorry :)
Wrong one im sorry :)
Unless this bridge was removed in the last couple months its still there
Here are some photos I took in November 2016 showing the replacement arch assembly. They were being put together along the shoreline and will be moved into place.
The DOT has a bunch of old drawings on its historic bridge website and the attached drawings revealed this was a K-Parker type of truss.
It's up, but you cannot reach the opposite bank. I was out there last year and it's solid about 3/4 of the way across.
In the sixties, my Scout troop (Troop 12, Cent. Presb. Ch., Ft. Smith) made an annual hike from this bridge to Devil's Den SP. We were told that this was part of the Butterfield Stage route. The reason I mention this is that, at that time, the west end of the truss was lying in the stream bed. We would scramble over the rocks with our packs, and sometimes bicycles, and climb the very steep roadway to begin our hike (or ride).
This is probably why the pony trusses were added, and why the new bridge was built. They surely knew that this, Hwy 220, the last unpaved state highway would be widened and paved in the future.
It's still a beautiful drive, but I'm going to miss the rocks and the low water bridge. Not the dust, though.
The vertical lift span has on the southern endpost an American Bridge plaque with 1971 on it. So the approach spans are American Bridge fabricated in 1928, and the lift span was built in 1971.
I knew this one was potentially doomed when I crossed it last year. I didn't realize that it would be gone this soon however...
This was the first bridge I ever noticed as a kid.
When I was young we would go on Sunday drives and we were in this area I would beg my parents to drive across this bridge and the closer we got to it the more excited I got. I was terrified to cross it but I loved to and it was quite an adrenaline rush. It is the reason I am obsessed with bridges today.
that bridge is no longer over Cadron Creek. This is noting the new location - the City of Conway uses both names.
Is this the same bridge as http://bridgehunter.com/ar/faulkner/cadron/